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noun, plural ba·laos.
  1. a halfbeak, Hemiramphus balao, of tropical western Atlantic seas.
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Origin of balao

First recorded in 1850–55, balao is from the Puerto Rican Spanish word balajú
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Historical Examples

  • Balao oil.A resinous oil (balao or malapajo) is found in Samar and Albay, probably also in other provinces.

    The Former Philippines thru Foreign Eyes

    Toms de Comyn

  • The balao is sold in Albay at four reals for the tinaja of ten gantas (the liter at eight pence).